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The Navy has expanded advancement opportunities for active component Sailors with an update to its Advance-to-Position (A2P) Program, announced in NAVADMIN 172/22, July 28.
This modification now incorporates active component E-4 and E-5 Sailors who are in their detailing window and allows them to apply for E-5 and E-6 jobs respectively. This guidance does not apply to ratings participating in DMAP.
First introduced in 2019, the Navy’s family of “Advancement-to-Position” initiatives has steadily expanded into an alternate advancement path up the petty officer ranks alongside the Navywide Advancement Exam (NWAE) and the Meritorious Advancement Programs (MAP).
Sailors selected for an A2P position can be frocked to their new paygrade after receiving their orders. For all A2P Sailors, the advancement becomes permanent upon checking in to their new command, after completing any required training.
Sailors selected for A2P jobs remain eligible to advance through the Navy’s other methods such as MAP and NWAE and could advance sooner if selected.
To be eligible for A2P, Sailors must have passed the most recent advancement exam, completed their Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam and be eligible for advancement to the next higher paygrade.
Sailors looking to take advantage of A2P can apply to sea duty jobs, regardless of sea/shore flow considerations. Sailors should contact their rating detailer if they have any questions regarding qualifications needed to fill a specific A2P job.
Eligible Sailors looking to apply for A2P jobs will find them under the “Advance to Position” category in MyNavy Assignment (MNA). Sailors will apply in the same way they would for standard cycle applications.
Selection for the job comes through a competitive rack and stack of applicants utilizing a Sailor Scoring Criteria. A sample of the Sailor Scoring Criteria is available here:
Also coming into play is whether they already have the needed critical skills or are eligible to obtain them.
Complete details are available in the NAVADMIN.
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